Travel Facts





To make your visit to Puerto Vallarta an amazing and unforgettable experience, get to know some details you should not miss. Happy Travels.

Geography

Located in the heart of Mexico’s western Pacific Ocean coastline, Puerto Vallarta is within easy reach of the U.S. and Canada. It is encircled by the rugged, tropical Sierra Madre Mountains to the east and fronted by Banderas Bay, Mexico’s largest natural bay and second largest on the Americas continent.

Climate

Puerto Vallarta enjoys a warm tropical climate year-round, with average daytime temperatures of 80 F (27°C) and cooler evening temperatures in winter months. Summers are sunny with afternoon rains, just enough to cool off for your evening activities.

Population

Puerto Vallarta is home to 250,000 residents and attracts almost 5 million visitors annually.

Water quality

Purified water is standard in all hotels and restaurants, and the municipal water system has been certified for almost two decades.

Health

Modern medical facilities are available in several private hospitals, with insured emergency health care and emergency air evacuation services available.

Electricity

Mexico operates the same 110-volt current as in the U.S. and Canada so electrical adapters are not needed if traveling from there.

Safety & Security

This town enjoys a healthy economy and stable political environment. As well special tourist police are on hand to provide assistance and directions. Many of downtown streets and businesses are wheelchair accessible. In addition the city government has installed a growing network of security cameras at strategic points throughout the city to make this beautiful paradise an even safer place.

Currency, Banks & Money Exchange

The peso is the national currency, although US dollars are widely accepted in businesses throughout town. Major credit cards are also accepted in most establishments. Banks offer currency exchange during business hours, which are generally Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., with a few offering at least morning service on Saturdays. Universal ATMs are widely available for cash withdrawals from global cash cards; money exchanges and hotels also offer currency exchange services 24 hrs.


BUSINESS HOURS: Most shopping malls and stores are open 9:00 A.M. To 10:00 P.M. daily.

Accommodation

Vallarta offers an innumerable quantity of hotels and villas to choose from to suit any lifestyle. Page x Lodging directory (link a web)

Local Transport

Frequent and numerous buses service many routes on the town’s streets. They are identified by number and prominent signage (“Centro” for Downtown) but most easily by color: the blue colored buses run the route from Marina Vallarta to downtown. Fare is approximately $.50 cents US, which makes it the most affordable transportation available (6 a.m. till approx. 11 p.m. daily).

Taxis

Taxis are available all around the city (with a fleet of over 1,000 licensed taxis). They are not equipped with meters but instead charge by zones. They charge a minimum of approximately $3.50 US and a set amount of approximately $1.50 US for each zone crossing. Therefore if you travel from downtown to Marina Vallarta you would be crossing 3 zones and the fare will be approximately $8.00 US. Tips are included in the fare.

Documents

Proof of citizenship is necessary to cross the border into Mexico. A current passport will suffice. Upon arrival visitors are given a tourist card which must be turned in upon departure at the airport; at that time a departure tax is payable in US dollars or Mexican pesos. Many airlines now include this tax when ticketing, but check ahead to make sure.

Arrivals and departures

The Gustavo Diaz International Airport (code PVR) is located 4 miles north of downtown Puerto Vallarta. There are frequent taxi or van transfers from the airport at reasonable rates. Pay at the taxi booth and you will be assigned to a taxi/van that will take you to your destination.

Air services

Puerto Vallarta’s newly renovated and expanded Gustavo Diaz Ordaz International Airport is well connected to North America’s main gateways. Its modern and spacious installations double the number of available jet bridges for enhanced passenger comfort and moving walkways connect it to the main terminal. New and improved immigration facilities as well as an updated baggage claim system also allow for quicker arrivals formalities. The new satellite building also houses exclusive open spaces for art and photography exhibits by local artists. Year-round and seasonal service is provided by different airlines in addition to numerous seasonal charters.

Cruise Ship Terminal

Puerto Vallarta is one of the most popular ports of call for cruise ships on Mexico’s Pacific coast. An ambitious renovation and expansion program of the port’s facilities was recently completed under strict safety and environmental standards. The cruise port is now able to simultaneously accommodate three full-size cruise ships. Each dock can accommodate ships up to 311 meters (1,020 feet) long.  The port authority has determined that Puerto Vallarta will operate as a homeport in 2010 and a new world-class terminal has been built for that purpose.


 

 

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